17 days in Queensland Itinerary

17 days in Queensland Itinerary

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17 days in Queensland Itinerary

Start: Vancouver
Fly:  20 h 15 min
1
Cairns
— 3 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
2
Port Douglas
— 3 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Hamilton Island
— 2 nights
Ferry:  1 h
4
Airlie Beach
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Taxi + Fly:  5 h 30 min
5
Mooloolaba
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
6
Brisbane
— 3 nights
Fly:  16 h 45 min
End: Vancouver

3
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cairns: Mulgrave Settlers Museum (in Gordonvale) and Palm Cove (Palm Cove Beach & Spas). There's much more to do: see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, trek along Esplanade Boardwalk, and stop by Annie's at the Beach.

To find out how to plan a trip to Cairns, use our trip itinerary maker.

Vancouver, Canada to Cairns is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Vancouver to Cairns, you'll lose 18 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Vancouver in April, expect Cairns to be much hotter, temps between 34°C and 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can take a bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Palm Cove, Mulgrave Settlers Museum
Find places to stay Apr 6 — 9:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Esplanade Boardwalk ©
Esplanade Boardwalk
Nature & Wildlife Tours

3
nights
Port Douglas

A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Port Douglas is known for wildlife, adventure, and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: discover the deep blue sea with a scuba or snorkeling tour, meet the residents at Wildlife Habitat Port Douglas, explore the gorgeous colors at Opal Reef, and pick up some local products at Mossman Saturday Market.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Port Douglas trip itinerary maker site .

You can take a bus from Cairns to Port Douglas in 1.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a shuttle. In April, daytime highs in Port Douglas are 34°C, while nighttime lows are 25°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can travel to Hamilton Island.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Mossman Saturday Market, Mossman Gorge Centre
Find places to stay Apr 9 — 12:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures ©
Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Safaris

2
nights
Hamilton Island

A trip to Hamilton Island takes you to a car-free destination mostly covered in bushland.
On the 13th (Mon), head outdoors with Jetryder, explore the galleries of Hamilton Island Art Gallery, and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): play a few rounds at Hamilton Island Golf Club, then take in the waterfront activity at Hamilton Island Marina, and then make a trip to Passage Peak.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Hamilton Island trip maker app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Hamilton Island in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and ferry; or do a combination of train, bus, and ferry. When traveling from Port Douglas in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Hamilton Island: temperatures range from 31°C by day to 26°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to ride a ferry to Airlie Beach.

Things to do in Hamilton Island

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Find places to stay Apr 12 — 14:
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Scuba & Snorkeling
Passage Peak ©
Passage Peak
Hamilton Island Marina ©
Hamilton Island Marina

2
nights
Airlie Beach

Very much a town with an emphasis on the tropical lifestyle, Airlie Beach offers exotic surroundings with palm trees and charming, sandy beaches.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Wed): go for a walk through Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park, then explore the galleries of Into The Blue Gallery, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: kick back and relax at Airlie Beach Lagoon, take an unforgettable tour with a helicopter tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Daydream Island Living Reef.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Airlie Beach driving holiday planner .

Ride a ferry from Hamilton Island to Airlie Beach in an hour. April in Airlie Beach sees daily highs of 31°C and lows of 26°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can travel to Mooloolaba.

Things to do in Airlie Beach

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Daydream Island Living Reef, Coral Beach and the Beak, Conway National Park
Find places to stay Apr 14 — 16:
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Speed Boats Tours
Airlie Beach Lagoon ©
Airlie Beach Lagoon
Helicopter Tours

2
nights
Mooloolaba

Mooloolaba ©
Once just a small port at the mouth of Mooloolah River, Mooloolaba is now a hotbed of tourism and a place more than worth adding to your Sunshine Coast itinerary.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): go for a walk through Caloundra Coastal Walk, then kick back and relax at Mooloolaba Beach, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and finally have some family-friendly fun at SunJet Simulations. On your second day here, relax in the rural setting at Maleny Dairies, take in nature's colorful creations at Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World, then stroll through Obi Boardwalk, and finally get great views at Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ).

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mooloolaba holiday builder.

Getting from Airlie Beach to Mooloolaba by combination of bus and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or drive. Traveling from Airlie Beach in April, expect little chillier with lows of 19°C in Mooloolaba. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Brisbane.

Things to do in Mooloolaba

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Maleny, Dulong Lookout ( Kanyana Park ), Caloundra Coastal Walk
Find places to stay Apr 16 — 18:
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SunJet Simulations ©
SunJet Simulations
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World ©
Maleny Botanic Gardens & Bird World
Boat Tours & Water Sports

3
nights
Brisbane

Brisbane ©
Queensland’s biggest town and state capital, Brisbane has an attractive, manicured image based around its riverside aesthetic as well as the contrast between its high-rise center and extensive urban greenery.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Brisbane: Main Beach (Sea World Theme Park & Anthea Polson Art) and Japanache (in Southport). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around South Bank Parklands, take some stellar pictures from Mount Coot-tha Lookout, identify plant and animal life at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, and admire the natural beauty at Roma Street Parkland.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Brisbane road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mooloolaba to Brisbane takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. April in Brisbane sees daily highs of 30°C and lows of 19°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Brisbane

Parks Theme Parks Zoos & Aquariums

Side Trip

Gold Coast
Find places to stay Apr 18 — 21:
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South Bank Parklands ©
South Bank Parklands
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ©
Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Sea World Theme Park ©
Sea World Theme Park

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